Sunsets in Istanbul are beautiful. Here are a few photos that I took while I was crossing the Bosphorus aboard a Vapur (ferry) on a January evening. Istanbul’s ferries, locally called “vapur”, travels between two continents, between Asia and Europe.

The word vapur comes from French “Bateau à vapeur”, sometimes simply referred to as “vapeur”, which means steamboat in English (vapeur means steam).

Sunset in Istanbul
A beautiful sunset in Istanbul. A seagull is flying alongside the ferry. Seagulls in Istanbul do this because people aboard usually throw them pieces of simit, or widely known as the Turkish bagel worldwide, a circular bread, typically encrusted with sesame seeds. People usually consume it with tea on the ferries in Istanbul.
Sunset in Istanbul
Sunset in Istanbul. The tall building on the center/right is the Galata Tower.
Sunset in Istanbul
Sunset in Istanbul. The sun is setting behind the famous Historic Peninsula of Istanbul. You can see some historically important buildings in this photo, from left to right the Blue Mosque (Sultanahmet or Sultan Ahmed Mosque), the Hagia Sophia, the Beyazıt Tower (Bayezid Tower), the New Mosque (Turkish: Yeni Cami, a 17th-century mosque), and Süleymaniye Mosque (Suleiman the Magnificent’s mosque, a 16th-century mosque).

Sunset in Istanbul and the Historic Peninsula, the annotated version

Here’s the annotated version of the photo above, showing important buildings.

Sunset in Istanbul and the Historic Peninsula, the annotated version
Sunset in Istanbul and the Historic Peninsula, the annotated version of the photo above.
Vapur, Istanbul
Istanbul’s ferries, locally called “vapur”, travels between two continents, between Asia and Europe.

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Published by Özgür Nevres

I am a software developer, a former road racing cyclist, and a science enthusiast. Also an animal lover! I write about the city of Istanbul on this website. I live in Istanbul since 1992.

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